Beyond a superficial awareness of its form, what knowledge can we derive from the millennia-old carved boulder known as Barrigón? What are the limits to knowledge acquisition in contemporary archaeology? What knowledge and new technologies are needed to generate a three-dimensional, life-sized model of Orobates pabsti from a fossil of this early land vertebrate? How can knowledge successfully be brought together in a multi-disciplinary approach? Can science and art work together? Where can philosophy lend a helping hand? And what form might new kinds of knowledge acquisition take?
These questions will be discussed by six experts in three conversations based on two objects which, as Highlights to be displayed in the future Humboldt Forum, are already playing a role in yielding new knowledge and perspectives.
The Barrigón is currently on display at the Neues Museum, and in the future it will move to the Ethnologisches Museum’s exhibition spaces in the Humboldt Forum. The first discussion, between Matthias Wemhoff, director of Berlin’s Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte, and archaeologist Iyaxel Cojti Ren, focuses on this stone figure and how knowledge is acquired in archaeology.
In the second section, John A. Nyakatura, joint junior professor for morphology and the history of forms at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, talks with Katja Widmann, curator at the Humboldt Laboratory in the Humboldt Forum, about interdisciplinary research, for it is precisely this type of cooperation that is leading to new findings concerning Orbates pabsti, which also will be presented in the Humboldt Universität’s exhibition once it has opened its doors.
The discussion in the third part between Timothy J. Senior, artist and scholar at the University of Bristol, and Anne Eusterschulte, philosophy professor at the FU Berlin, will focus on the ways knowledge can change as well as the opportunities for acquiring it in an interdisciplinary and collaborative manner.
The first 15 of these Humboldt Forum Highlights were being presented between October 2018 and May 2019 in two formats: in an exhibition as well as during conversations that will be held at various locations in Berlin.